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Guide Dogs of Texas places “Buddies for Sight” dogs with children who are blind or visually impaired. Guide Dogs of Texas uses dogs that were either unable to be a Guide Dog due to unsuitable temperament/health or are older retired Guide Dogs but are an ideal match for the Buddy Program. Our “Buddies for Sight” are not trained to assist with mobility or to perform any specific task. Therefore, our “Buddies for Sight” cannot be classified as assistance dogs and do not have access rights to public places (restaurants, shopping malls, hotels, public transportation, etc.). None of our “Buddies for Sight” may be used as a Guide Dog for someone who is visually impaired.
Benefits of having a GDTX Buddy
The Buddy Program will help children who could possibly need a Guide Dog in the future develop the skills needed to care and work with a Guide Dog. Added benefits of having a one of our “Buddies for Sight” are:
Qualifications for the Buddy Program
Once you have filled out an application for one of our “Buddies for Sight” we will contact you to let you know we have received your application. When a dog becomes available, we will contact the family that most suits the needs and personality of that particular dog. This may not always be the applicant that has been on the waiting list for the longest period of time. Each dog and each family have different needs and we try our best to match them appropriately. There is no way to predict when an appropriate dog for you may become available. Filling out an application does not guarantee that we will have a dog for you.
When we do contact you about adopting a GDTX Buddy, we will inform you of the dog’s background, medical history, and the reason it is being released from the training program. If the dog is a retiring Guide Dog we will release the dog’s background and medical history. This information will help you with your decision-making process. In addition, all dogs released from our program will have been neutered or spayed.
The adoption fee is waived for all our “Buddies for Sight”. We only ask for a $250 equipment fee to cover the cost of all the equipment given on placement.
Ownership of the dog will be granted after completion of the course of training. Once you have adopted a GDTX Buddy, you have certain responsibilities–in addition to caring for and loving your Buddy. Your dog must be examined at least once a year by an approved veterinary surgeon, and a completed certificate of health must be forwarded to GDTX at the address below. If at any time you cannot care for your GDTX Buddy or if we determine that the dog is not being appropriately cared for, the dog must be returned only to GDTX.
The staff at GDTX will make follow-up visits to your home around 3 and 12 months after placement to ensure the health and well-being of your dog.
For further information or to apply, please fill out a “Buddies for Sight” application located on our website at www.guidedogsoftexas.org You can also contact our training department at 210-366-4081 or e-mail us at Jenna@guidedogsoftexas.org. Once you have been accepted onto our waiting list, you are encouraged to follow-up with the training staff on a quarterly basis. The adoption process is lengthy and your continued interest will assist us in our placement process. Thank you for your interest!
Guide Dogs of Texas Buddy ProgramGuide Dogs of Texas, Inc.
1503 Allena Drive
San Antonio, TX 78213-4172
Tel: 210-366-4081 Fax 210-366-4082 www.guidedogsoftexas.org